Napoleonic soldiers finally given honor

  • 2003-05-29
  • Michael West
VILNIUSThousands of Napoleonic soldiers unearthed last year outside the Lithuanian capital were finally laid to rest on May 31, while some 600 Napoleonic enthusiasts assembled at the White Bridge on the banks of the River Neris to re-enact a period battle in honor of the unknown soldiers.Both the re-enactment and the burial of the remains helped raise the profile of Vilnius' unfortunate role during Napoleon's disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812.The remains are from some 3,000 bodies discovered last autumn during the demolition of some military barracks on the outskirts of Vilnius.Initial ...
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